EPA recognizes biogas projects under PISCES program

By Erin Voegele | December 05, 2018

In November, the U.S. EPA recognized 30 clean water infrastructure projects for excellence and innovation within the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program. Biogas projects were among those recognized.

The CWSRF is a federal EPA-state partnership that provides communities a permanent, independent source of low-cost financing for a wide range of water quality infrastructure projects. Over the past 31 years, the EPA said CWSFR programs have provided more than $132 billion in financing for water quality infrastructure.

EPA’s Performance and Innovation in the SRF Creating Environmental Success (PISCES) program celebrates innovation demonstrated by SWSFR programs and assistance recipients. According to EPA, 30 projects were recognized by the 2018 PISCES program, including several biogas projects.

 “The Clean Water State Revolving Fund plays an integral role in advancing the President’s infrastructure agenda, providing communities with low-interest loans so that they can modernize aging infrastructure, create local jobs, and better protect public health and the environment,” said EPA Office of Water Assistant Administrator Dave Ross. “The scale and complexity of the 2018 PISCES recognized projects represent the determination, coordination, and creativity our partners put forth to achieve their water quality goals.”

Two biogas projects were among the five projects named as exceptional projects under the 2018 PISCES program, including a renewable energy facility in Delaware and a biogas project in Kansas.  

In Delaware, the city of Wilmington’s renewable energy and biosolids facility was recognized. The city’s wastewater treatment facility received a $36 million CWSRF loan to construct a renewable energy and biosolids facility for its treatment plant. The new facility captures previously flared methane gas from the plant’s anaerobic digester and gas from a nearby landfill and uses it to generate 4 MW of electricity.

In Kansas, the Dodge City biogas reuse to motor fuel project was recognized. The Dodge City South Wastewater Treatment Plant developed a reuse project to clean and pressurize its excel biogas into a high-quality natural gas that can be sold on the market as motor vehicle fuel. The methane fuel produced is expected to have an annual production amount equivalent to 3.5 million gallons of gasoline.

Additional information, including a full list of recognized projects, is available on the EPA website.